If dh gets a job at Warwick Uni, where should we live?(39 Posts)
Dh has an interview next month at Warwick Uni. If he were to get the job, we know nothing of the area and currently live in a small village near Edinburgh, and before that Colchester, Essex (the US before that). I would really love never to live in a village again. We would be looking to rent a 3 bedroom property and have 2 dc's age 2 and 4 1/2. We wouldn't have the time or money to be thouroughly exploring the area so I am wondering what places mn'ers would recommend. Thanks!
Oops - sorry - missed your post on 15th July - never mind and better luck with next application.
I came to Coventry 9 years ago and have grown to really love the place, despite what everyone says. We have an almost 5 year old and live in North West Coventry (between Coundon/Radford/Keresley). I work at Warwick University and it takes me 15 minutes by car to the campus (sometimes up to 25 minutes in rush hour). We're right on the edge of Coventry so can walk to our local country pub but are just 10-15 minutes from the city centre on a direct bus route.
If we had the money, I would definitely choose to live in Earlsdon. It combines the best of village and city - Historically it was a village in its own right and still centres around a high street with great butchers, greengrocers, cafes and restaurants and a good local Coop. It is within walking distance of Memorial Park (great for kids) and has lots of children's and toddlers activities running at the local church halls/schools. It is a popular choice for young families but it is also very close to Warwick University and is a popular choice for students as it is on the direct bus route to campus and is a 10 minute bike ride. It is also within walking distance of Coventry City Centre, has it's own local theatre company, the Criterion, which do some excellent productions and has a vibrant night life on Friday and Saturday evenings (not that I'm ever there at that time!). It is within walking distance of both Coventry station and Canley station for easy access to Birmingham.
Friends who live in or near Earlsdon have children at Earlsdon Primary, Hearsall Primary and Stivechall Primary and are all very happy with these schools. Our son has just completed his first year at Hollyfast Primary and I would happily recommend it. We also used the University Nursery which I would highly recommend if you're looking for childcare. (If your husband is offered a job, ask about the salary sacrifice scheme where University nursery fees can be paid before tax).
It sounds ironic but probably one of the best things about Coventry is that it is very easy to get out of! It is within easy reach of Birmingham, Solihull, Leicester, Kenilworth, Warwick, Leamington, Stratford on Avon and is only around two hours from London or Leeds.
My impression is that generally Coventry is very used to mixed race families and international visitors. I have heard a view (but don't know how much truth there is in it) that Keresley village (a bit further out than us) is quite 'working class, white English' so that might be something to bear in mind as the kind of place you're wanting to avoid.
I wouldn't recommend living in the Foleshill area, just north of the Coventry inner ring road as some of the housing is quite rough but the main street is really vibrant and exciting with a strong Asian feel - it is like stepping into a different world and it is definitely the place to buy your spices etc at a fraction of the cost of supermarkets.
Hope this helps
.... You are probably the child of someone I went to castle with!
Wondering how many of you I went to school with in kenilworth - any of you around 44 y/o?!
Drunken teens in the park .... I was there (I think!)
Well, DH didn't get the job. I am really surprised as I felt certain that he would and that we would be making a move there. Thank you so much for the replies though. I was starting to get a good idea of where to look for a house! Next time I will wait until he gets the job offer before I start looking
I live in Kenilworth - we moved here when DH got a job at Warwick. It has all the advantages and disadvantages of a small town! It's a great place for small children (I imagine it will be less appealing to teenagers), good schools, low crime, lots of countryside. And if you are a Kenilworth resident you get a free pass for the castle. DH cycles to work and is there in 10 minutes.
It can feel a bit like Daily Mail island at times (although I have made some great friends). At the time we could get more for our money in Kenilworth, which is why we came here but we looked at some lovely houses in Leamington, which definately has more going on.
That's a really good point about the proposed high speed rail track. If it goes ahead it will really blight some areas near the uni such as Burton Green which might otherwise seem an option, also parts of Kenilworth and Balsall Common.
I'd agree with Kenilworth and Leek Wootton - I'd like to move there but can't sell house. We're in Southam which is very good value for money property wise but not very diverse. Also a bit further away from the Uni. A reasonably nice market town though.
You're renting not buying so may not be relevant, but watch out for the planned route for the high speed train track. It goes quite close to Stoneleigh and north-west Kenilworth I think. It also looks a bit close to Cubbington on the map and lots of neighbouring villages.
Thanks again for all the respomses. So much to think about- interview is July 6!!!!
I used to work at Warwick Uni and lots of colleagues lived in Kenilworth and Leamington, also areas on uni side of a45 in coventry eg Earlsdon, Eastern Green, Allesley. I would personally avoid Canley and some parts of Tile Hill arent that great (apologies to anyone there).
South of the river Leam is very diverse, as is Coventry in general, but nowhere is so overbearingly white-and-english that you wouldn't fit in, I don't think. I don't know much about the smaller villages but you've said you wanted to avoid them. North Leamington is quite middle class, if that makes a difference.
Google maps should give an idea of where a place is in relation to towns/cities/the university, and/or how big a village it is. Leamington and Coventry are your major places for shopping, Warwick and Stratford for touristy stuff. Leamington train station is on a main line. Kenilworth and Warwick both have markets. There is also Rugby, which is cheaper, but parts of it aren't that nice.
Another notorious area to avoid off the top of my head is the Coventry Hillfields area.
Anything else you want to know? If you are planning any more children, Warwick Hospital is supposed to be better than Coventry for giving birth.
I don't think you would have any problems with being mixed race family in leamington, warwick or Coventry my dd2 has at a guess 5-6 friends who are mixed race at school in leamington
The last time we moved ds2 was 3 weeks old. We had never been to Scotland but dh's 1st real job post-uni demanded that he start asap. So we moved after finding a rental house online and ended up in an assbackwards village outside of Edinburgh which has given me an awful attitude towards villages in general.We are mixed race family from the US which means we stand out a bit anyways, which is why it is important to me to find a place that is at least a bit diverse. If he gets the job we will probably be able to afford one trip down to check out the area/view rental properties. I'd like to have an idea of where to look before we go and hopefully not end up in the situation we were in last time, taking whatever we can get without any knowledge of the area.
Noth Lillingotn and Bishops tachbrook are ok. I would agree on avoiding sydenham and chesington heights near asda
My children are the same age as yours, and we live in the town with the same name at th university. If you end up this way, let me know if you fancy meeting up in the park for a play.
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You're welcome - I love a bit of house porn and given a reason to snoop is even better!
Oh yes avoid Lillington, Sydenham, Tachbrook areas. Sydenham in particular is a special kind of concrete hell.
Leamington is a larger town than Warwick or Kenilworth, though neither feel villagey, they can be a bit boring for teenagers if you are there long term. North of the river is expensive, South of the river is very hit and miss. If you do look South of the river, I'd aim for the catchment area of Clapham Terrace primary as some of the other schools in the area aren't as nice, unless you're willing to look at private or St Anthony's which is Catholic. Lots of nice schools in North Leam, Warwick and Kenilworth though.
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